Hurt in a car accident? Do these five things before you leave the scene.
- Take photos at the scene of the collision. Photos that include skid marks, location of the vehicles, and any debris on the pavement could be helpful in proving how a collision occurred and who is at fault.
- If you are injured in the collision, make sure to tell the police officer that you did sustain injuries. If the collision report indicates no injury was sustained, this can be used against a claimant in a personal injury case.
- Tell the investigating officer what happened in the collision. It is important for an investigating officer to know your side of the story in a case where there may be disputed liability.
- Write down the names and numbers of any witnesses at a collision. These witnesses can be crucial down the road to prove what happened in the collision, and also to prove injuries based on the severity of the impact and conduct of the at-fault driver at the scene.
- Accept any medical treatment that is offered to you at the scene. Fire department and EMS personnel are trained to quickly evaluate people that are involved in traumatic events. These emergency workers can be of great benefit to you at the scene of the collision. If they think you should be transported to a hospital for further treatment, this could be lifesaving to you in the event that your medical condition changes shortly after a collision.
Being involved in a car collision is scary and unnerving. Every situation is different, but if you are able to do some of these things after a collision, you will benefit yourself and any potential case you might have. At Harrison White, PC we are happy to consult with you following a collision to determine what your legal rights may be with regard to seeking recovery for yourself or anyone else that might have been injured. If we can help you please contact us, and in the interim, be safe on the roadways.
Blog entry written by Tom Killoren
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